March 1, 2016

As the health insurance marketplace, American citizens and businesses continue to adapt to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act world, the pending mergers of Aetna/Humana and Cigna/Anthem will provide yet another curveball. Mergers of companies this large are almost never good for consumers.  They generally mean fewer choices, less negotiating options and higher premiums, yet both appear to be on track for approval. The U.S. Department of Justice and state regulators are reviewing the proposals, and...

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February 17, 2016

UP is constantly working to publish information and guidance on investing your insurance dollars wisely by patronizing companies that offer quality protection and have a record of good claim service.  We promote shopping tools that allow consumers to compare coverage side by side.  We promote and support efforts by state insurance regulators to make it easy for the public to review complaint records, market conduct exams and sample policies.  We are cheerleaders for an entrepreneurial initiative called ValChoice that distributes reports on insurance company claim...

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January 28, 2016

In Montanile v. Bd. of Trs. of the Nat’l Elevator Indus. Health Ben. Plan, No. 14-723, 2016 U.S. LEXIS 843 (2016), the U.C. Supreme Court dealt a decisive victory to employees when it ruled 8-1 that an employee benefit plan may not garnish a plan participant’s general assets in order to recover an overpayment.

The decision means that participants in employee benefit plans who receive income from a tort...
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January 21, 2016

UP is hosting a Roadmap to Recovery workshop for Valley Fire survivors Thursday, January 21st at 6pm at Middletown High School. This workshop will discuss the contents portion of your...

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January 16, 2016

Being a small non-profit has it's up side:  United Policyholders is dynamic.  We don't have layers of internal bureaucracy that slow us down when we want to respond to a disaster or make improvements  to our programs, publications and tools.  We are constantly enhancing our tips and tools with new information and feedback from our volunteers, experts and the people we help.

During the Roadmap to Recovery workshop I led in Mountain Ranch, California this past week, we were...

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